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09 Dec 2018 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Early season dryness affected planting and establishment of second season crops in Eastern Region

  • First season cereal production in 2018 estimated at above-average levels

  • Delayed harvest and reduced cereal output in Karamoja Region due to floods and erratic rains

  • Prices of maize seasonally increasing in recent months but still at low levels

  • Pockets of severe food insecurity in Karamoja Region

08 Dec 2018 description

The country hosts the largest number of refugees in Africa – more than a million

By: Sulaiman Momodu

From Africa Renewal: December 2018 - March 2019

As thousands of desperate men, women and children flee conflicts and natural disasters in search of a place of refuge, some countries are debating whether to accept or reject asylum seekers. But Uganda has opened its doors to refugees in record numbers.

06 Dec 2018 description

Resettlement Achievements
- Increased number of resettlement countries committed to receiving refugees from Uganda.
- Increased accessibility of resettlement due to expanded approach since 2012.
- Submission of 25,402 refugees from DRC since 2012.
- Reinforced infrastructure for large-scale resettlement processing.
- Achievement of annual submission targets since 2012.
- Increased resettlement of vulnerable refugees.
- High acceptance rate.
- Since 2012, 21,271 refugees have departed for resettlement from Uganda.

05 Dec 2018 description

Vocational training in Uganda is changing the perception that refugees are a burden to host countries. In Bidibidi, South Sudanese women are coming together to create new opportunities that benefit their host communities.

“Sometimes, when I sleep, I dream about new business ideas. I imagine starting a rock-crushing business for the construction people, or a motorcycle repair shop,” says Nyalual, 30, a South Sudanese refugee in Uganda’s Bidibidi refugee camp, and mother of four children.

05 Dec 2018 description
report Sudan Tribune

December 4, 2018 (ADJUMANI) – South Sudanese refugees living in Nyumanzi, a refugee camp in Uganda’s northwestern district of Adjumani have been urged to co-exist peacefully with the host community.

About 43,000 South Sudanese refugees live in Nyumanzi, officials say.

Speaking at an essay award giving ceremony for primary school pupils who excelled, Daud Gideon, the Executive Director for Remembering The Ones We Lost, lauded all those who participated in the contest, which attracted 89 pupils drawn from four schools.

04 Dec 2018 description

‘MORE THAN 1 BILLION PEOPLE IN THE WORLD LIVE WITH SOME FORM OF DISABILITY. IN MANY SOCIETIES, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES OFTEN END UP DISCONNECTED, LIVING IN ISOLATION AND FACING DISCRIMINATION.’ – MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY GENERAL ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.

By Aida Orgocka

03 Dec 2018 description

Opened in July 2016, Pagirinya settlement hosts more than 32,000 refugees displaced from South Sudan. The humanitarian response across all sectors has now stabilized and is beginning to shift beyond emergency operations. The way the settlement is organised facilitates access to important facilities, including health centers and schools. However, services in many sectors, such as health and nutrition and water, health and sanitation, must be improved to meet the needs of the population.

Gaps & Challenges

03 Dec 2018 description

Rhino Camp, originally opened in 1980, expanded in the wake of the South Sudanese civil war to host the sudden influx of refugees into northern Uganda. The settlement currently hosts more than 140,000 refugees, mostly South Sudanese, and continues to receive new arrivals. In August 2017, the settlement was expanded with the establishment of the Omugo zone extension area.

Gaps & Challenges

03 Dec 2018 description

Oliji settlement was established on 1 January 1991 in Adjumani district hosting primarily South Sudanese refugees fleeing the Second Sudanese War that broke out in the 1980s as well as the newer wave of South Sudanese refugees fleeing civil war in South Sudan since 2013. Oliji hosts over 1,500 refugees, and provides beneficiaries with both humanitarian and development assistance, however major challenges and gaps in services remain.

Gaps & Challenges

03 Dec 2018 description

Originally closed in 2006 after many South Sudanese refugees returned home, Olua I/II were reopened in 2012 to host another influx of South Sudanese refugees fleeing inter-communal violence. Settlement residents, similarly to other refugees in Adjumani district, live in close proximity to Ugandan nationals and share services and institutions with the host community. Although there is relatively peaceful coexistence between communities, refugees face challenging conditions and need more extensive assistance relating to livelihoods opportunities and education in particular.

01 Dec 2018 description

Second season bimodal harvests begin, while Karamoja endures harsh dry season

Key Messages

30 Nov 2018 description

The UN Office of Internal Oversight (OIOS) audit report into UNHCR’s Uganda operation, released this week, contains findings that show clear gaps and weaknesses in risk management in a number of areas during the period between July 2016 and December 2017. The audit followed the massive influx of refugees from South Sudan in 2016 – mid 2017, when UNHCR’s staffing capacity in key functions and in remote locations was very low, followed by a rapidly expanded operation in the second half of 2017 with many new staff and partners.

30 Nov 2018 description
report Save the Children

Feeding the family is a daily struggle for many refugees. But with a small helping hand, groups of refugee women have been able to start thriving small businesses to support their families.

28 Nov 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The refugee verification exercise that started in March 2018 by the Office of the Prime Minister and UNHCR has ended, revising the active registered population in Uganda to 1,154,352 individuals as of end of October 2018.

27 Nov 2018 description

South Sudan’s violent conflicts continue to plague its people. An estimated four million South Sudanese have been forcibly displaced since December 2013, and more than a million have sought refuge in Uganda where communities have largely reassembled without their traditional or customary leaders. Customary Authorities Displaced examines the consequences of conflict and displacement on traditional forms of authority among refugees from former Western Equatoria state.

26 Nov 2018 description
report ELRHA

Welthungerhilfe is piloting a user-centred sanitation design that involves identifying user needs and problems with current facilities, selecting options for improvement, and the involvement of users in the design and monitoring of the sanitation facility for sustainable functionality.

The HIF-funded project is currently being implemented in two villages in two different refugee settlements in Northern Uganda hosting South Sudanese refugees. One of them is Bidibidi village 16 in zone 3 of the settlement.

15 Nov 2018 description
report ELRHA

Welthungerhilfe is piloting a user-centred sanitation design that involves identifying user needs and problems with current facilities, selecting options for improvement, and the involvement of users in the design and monitoring of the sanitation facility for sustainable functionality.